Northumberland Coastal Walks

Cheswick Beach on the Northumberland Coast
This photo was taken before Coronavirus. It’s probably even emptier now!

Northumberland has some of the best coastal scenery in England and there are dozens of Northumberland Coastal Walks to enjoy.

The Northumberland Coast Path stretches for 100 kilometres or 62 miles from the golden sands at Cresswell in the south to the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. Designated as an area of natural beauty, the route passes spectacular coastal scenery, cliff-top viewpoints and some of the country’s top beaches which are usually clean and uncrowded. Highlights along the way include the fishing harbour and marina at Amble, never-ending sandy beaches near Alnmouth, quaint cottages at Craster, the rugged cliffs at Dustanburgh Castle, various coastal golf courses and holiday resorts, Beadnell Bay Bird Sanctuary, Seahouses Harbour from where you can catch boat trips to the Farne islands, spectacular Bamburgh Castle, deserted Rock Sands Beach, historic Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, stunning Cocklawburn Beach and popular Spittal Beach.

Apart from the official Northumberland Coast Path there are other stretches of beach and scenic coastline at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear and continuing south as far as Sunderland and on towards the Durham Heritage Coast.

You are likely to see plenty of bird life and maybe an occasional seal while enjoying the fresh sea air. The weather is frequently blustery and cold but quite often sunny. Hardy swimmers and surfers take to the chilly waters of the North Sea during the summer months when the more easily accessible beaches are popular with paddling families and sunbathers.

My intention is to walk the entire coast from the Scottish border down as far as South Shields and beyond, dividing the coast up into short day hikes where I park the car and walk ‘there and back’ or in a circular route. Here are some of the stages I completed before the coronavirus lockdown began. I will write about each stage in future blog posts and provide links to nearby attractions.

Northernmost Point in England Walk

Berwick Beach Walk
Spittal to Cocklawburn Beach Walk
Cocklawburn Beach to Cheswick Beach Walk
Cheswick Beach to Goswick Walk
Holy Island Circular Walk
Ross Back Sands Beach Walk
Bamburgh Beach Walk
Beadnell Short Walk

I’ll add new sections as I complete the remaining stages once life returns to normal. I can’t promise I’ll cover every single inch of the Northeast coastline but I’ll try to include the most scenic parts.

Northumberland Traveller

Since leaving Malaysia almost a year ago I have been living in Northumberland, a scenic and historic county in the far northeast of England. During this year I have been doing lots of walks and exploring the county’s many attractions but I have not had the time or inclination to do much blogging.

Until now.

Seeing as we are all in Covid-19 lockdown, it seems a good opportunity to write up my travels in Northumberland. If you are running low on reading material you can take a look and get some ideas for places to visit once this coronavirus plague is behind us (please don’t visit now!)

What’s So Great About Northumberland?

It’s Spacious. It’s the least crowded county in England. Northumberland is big with an area around 5,014 sq. km (the 6th biggest) while its population is low, only 319,000 in 2018, meaning a population density of just 63 people per sq. km. Less people means less traffic on the roads, less stress, less pollution, etc.

It’s Scenic. Northumberland is geographically diverse with the Northumberland National Park taking up over a fifth of the county, a long and spectacular coastline, large forests, lakes, rolling farmland, majestic rivers and the windswept Cheviot Hills. And Northumberland has a great location surrounded by scenic places such as the Lake District in Cumbria, the North York Moors, County Durham, and the Borders of Scotland.

It’s Historic. There are a lot of historical remains here ranging from Hadrian’s Wall, castles and peles to mining and industrial sites. The City of Newcastle upon Tyne (once part of Northumberland but now administered as part of Tyne and Wear) is a wonderful city, packed full of historical places of interest and heritage sites.

It’s Friendly. The people of Northumberland are welcoming, hardy, salt-of-the-earth types, with the most attractive of all the northern English accents.

What Will I Be Blogging About?

Here are some of the walks and sights that I have covered and might write about depending on how long I’m confined to my house:

Long Distance Walks such as:

City Trails & Art Trails:

  • Lowry Trail
  • Bewick Trail
  • John Martin Trail
  • Norman Cornish Trail
  • Newcastle City Trail

Other Walks:

  • Derwent Reservoir Walk

Castles

Roman Sites

  • Corbridge Roman Town
  • Chesters Roman Fort
  • Housesteads Roman Fort

Museums

  • Laing Art Gallery
  • The Clayton Museum
  • Wylam Railway Museum
  • Stephenson Railway Museum
  • North East Land Sea & Air Museum
  • Bowes Railway Museum
  • Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House and Museum
  • Woodhorn Museum

Historical Homes and Gardens

Churches and Abbeys

Lighthouses

  • Souter Lighthouse
  • St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Tynemouth Pier Lighthouse

Monuments & Statues

Railway Related Sites

Other Attractions

Attractions in Neighbouring Counties

That’s a lot of writing so I’d better get started.